Welcome, Pinners newbies! THIS IS FOR YOU. 🙂 I’ve also got a Pinners promo code in this post, too. But in case you’re still wondering what Pinners is…I’ll start there.
The Pinners Conference & Expo is a crafting and lifestyle extravaganza. Imagine all of your favorite things from Pinterest (crafts! recipes! planning and organizing!) coming to life before your very eyes through classes run by the same content creators putting the content out to begin with. Bloggers, authors, brand leaders…they all come to Pinners to teach classes about their specialties.
And there’s shopping.
So. Much. Shopping.
Shopping for days.
I have classes planned for the upcoming Arlington conferences – you can get a discount on tickets at this conference using code CARRIEELLE.
Here’s what I’m teaching – sign up now because classes fill up early (more on that below!).
- Arlington (September 14-15, 2018)
- FRIDAY at 12:30 “Turn Your Day Planner into a Memory Keeper” – ROOM #8
- SATURDAY at 1:00 “Vision Boarding 101 – ROOM #8
- SATURDAY at 4:00 “Pretty Planning: Tips to Make Your Planner Functional and Beautiful” – ROOM #4
Now on to all the things you need to know before you plan your visit! I’ll do this FAQ style. I asked my friends, who have attended Pinners, to fill me in on all the details a newbie would need to know (I am usually presenting and we have a booth, so we don’t get to spend as much time enjoying the conference as I’d like!).
Which tickets should I get?
If you just want to shop, buy a General Admission ticket. Use code ShopPinners for 50% off (this will make your ticket $4). But this will not get you into any classes.
If you want to take one or two classes, get the One Day Expo. 2 Classes Ticket. If you want to attend unlimited classes, choose the 1 day or 2 day unlimited class tickets. These will get you into as many classes as you’d like.
VIP tickets get you the two-day all access pass plus the VIP party, no lines for your classes, and access to a VIP rest area.
You can buy tickets here. Use code CARRIEELLE for a discounted rate.
How many classes should I plan on attending?
If you get the all access tickets, attend as many as you can! My friends Lisa and Corrine bought the two-day, all class passes and they had some sage advice – leave a spot open to eat and rest. You don’t have a ton of time between classes, and the expo centers are big and spread out. You’ll want to give yourself time to eat and shop during the day, so be sure to choose a time slot to do that.
What is there to eat?
Not a ton, unfortunately. There are some on-site vending options, but it’s limited (and this can also vary depending on city). Lisa and Corrine left the convention center to grab some food. You’ll want to check out the parking arrangement before you do this (you don’t want to pay for parking twice if you can avoid it).
Corrine had a great solution…she mentioned that next time she might pack a cooler and keep it in her car.
And I should be clear that there is food available…but your options are kind of limited to what is available at that particular site.
How much money should I bring?
All of it.
Just kidding! Kind of.
What kind of vendors will be in attendance?
Handmade crafts, home decor, beauty, craft supplies, clothing. Our booth sells planners and planning products.
Do I have to pay the class kit fees?
Nope! If you have the all class pass, you can sit in on every class. The kit fees, however, provide you with class materials (if it’s a crafting class, for example, you’ll want to pay the fee to get the craft supplies you need to make the craft – if it’s one of my classe, you’ll get super awesome planner stuff).
In my experience, most people buy the kits – but you absolutely do not have to.
What should I wear?
Something comfy – and especially comfy shoes!
Also, bring a big bag for things you buy. You might need to make a couple runs out to the car to drop stuff off so you aren’t carrying it around all day. The floor gets really crowded…a wagon or cart will be hard to pull around.
Can I sign up for classes at the conference?
Yes, but they often sell out and you could end up on a waitlist. Go ahead and sign up for the classes you’re most interested in now. You can change them later.
Would this be a fun girls’ weekend?
YES! So many people do this…rent a nearby hotel and make a trip of it.
What did I miss? Let me know what questions you have and I’ll answer them for you.
And don’t forget you can get a discount on tickets at these conference (San Diego, Atlanta, Arlington) events using Pinners promo code CARRIEELLE.